An Austin Anthology

An Austin Anthology
Format: Hardback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781787111912
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An Austin Anthology is an entertaining collection of true stories that feature just a few of the products manufactured by the Austin Motor Company from 1906 until the outbreak of the Second World War, including the people who helped to make them, those who drove them, and even those who flew them.
Although the history of the Austin Seven and Taxicabs have been covered before in much greater detail elsewhere, you will find within these pages the stories of many other Austin creations: the Austin 12/6 which could be won by smoking Kensitas cigarettes; the Austin 20 which competed in the 1914 Austrian Alpine Trial; the remarkable racing car named ‘Pobble’ which went on to serve as an ambulance during the First World War, and the Australian couple who, in 1926, decided to drive their Austin Twelve right around Australia. The Music Hall artist, George Clarke, who performed on stage with his Austin Seven, and the ‘Austin Unity Song,’ a recording of which was presented to guests at the company’s annual dinner, are just two more fascinating stories which go to make up this Austin Anthology.

The author

Jim Stringer bought his first Austin, a 1935 10hp Lichfield, as a teenager, but once he passed his driving test he paid £35 for a 1929 six-cylinder 16-horsepower fabric bodied saloon – a car he still owns today. He quickly became a member of the Vintage Austin Register and has been a member for nearly 60 years. He has served on the committee in various roles including Honorary Secretary, Chairman and Editor of the Register’s quarterly magazine for 17 years, after which he was made a Life Member and Vice President back in the late 1990s. He has spent his retirement researching the history of the Austin Motor Company and has written several books, including the Austin Anthology series and Herbert Austin's Heavy Twelve-Four. The late Mike Worthington-Williams said, “No one is more qualified to write this book than Jim Stringer. I doubt if any living person knows more about the Austin Heavy 12/4 than he does."

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Format: Hardback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781787111912
Illustrations: 108 color & b-w photos
Size: 5.8 in x 8.3 in / 147.32 mm x 210.82 mm

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